Carp for the Table
Can you eat carp?
Did you know that more carp are farmed for the table world wide than any other fish? Perhaps not here in the UK, although in the Middle Ages carp were reared in ponds by monks to satisfy their needs for fresh fish when they lived a long distance from the sea. It is in Asia where most of the carp is farmed today although in Central and Eastern Europe, carp is widely farmed for the table.
What does it taste like?
Good! The flesh is soft and flaky not that different from sea bass. Carp have the habit of foraging around the bottom of the pond in search for food. Like any other fish inhabiting earthen ponds, their flesh can become tainted with a muddy taste, however by purging the carp in clean water (such as spring water) for a few days any traces of muddiness disappears.
When River Cottage came to film our carp farm, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall took some of our organic carp back to River Cottage HQ and presented it to an invited taste panel at. The picture above shows the score the invited guests awarded our carp - they all gave it a resounding ‘thumbs up’!
Why grow carp?
Carp are omnivorous eating both plant and animal matter. A considerable proportion of their feed can be cultured in the pond where they are being reared. Feed for the carp can be relatively easily produced by recycling agriculture wastes (such as cow manure) to fertilise the pond and stimulate prolific feed production in the pond especially in the spring. The species therefore aligns itself well with sustainable principles because agricultural wastes can be used to promote feed production in the pond.
Moreover unlike trout or salmon farming, carp do not need huge quantities of fresh water and consequently do not pose a significant pollution risk. In addition, a well managed carp pond can be a haven for wildlife. Our carp ponds are a magnificent centre for biodiversity.
Live carp for the table (wholesale only when available)
We can supply and transport live carp to your holding facility where you can choose when to harvest the carp insuring the fish is at its freshest.
Contact us with your requirements.